Alton Evening Telegraph from Alton, Illinois on January 4, 1971 · Page 14
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B-2 Alton Evening Telegraph Monday, Jan. 4, 1971 Dallas shakes off choke tag A NFSRANCISCO (AP) - Cc3ch Tom Landry of the Dallas Cowboys readily admits he thought his team's chances of reaching the big money of the National Football League Super Bowl were a flat /cro just six short weeks ago. Yet these same big Cowboys now prepare to battle Baltimore's Colts in the premier football show at Miami on .Tan. 17. "Baltimore's offense will provide much the same challenge as did the 4!)ers," reasoned Landry after his team of desire beat San Francisco 17-10 on Sunday in chilly Kezar Stadium to capture the championship of the National Football Conference. Going back less than two months, Dallas had just lost to St. Louis 38-0 and early in the season had fallen to Minnesota by an astounding 54-13. And there was that history of the Cowboys losing big games —title battles to Green Bay in Iflfifi and 1907 and failing to get past the first playoff rounds the next two years. History didn't repeat when they battled thr 40ers. With a tremendous running game powered by rookie Duane Thomas and gutsy Walt Garrison, Dallas beat the favored 49ers. That knocked off the second West Coast hopeful for the Super Bowl. Only hours earlier in Baltimore the Colts whipped Oakland 27-17 in the American Conference finale. Landry declared the victory over the 49ers must take the ' 'loser onus" off his C o w b o y s — although he pointed out quickly "there is one game left." He feels quarterbacks John Rrodie of the 40ers and Johnny L'nitas of the ("oils present similar problems. "Rrodie was fabulous this season and 1 think I aged 20 years in the second half Sunday," he declared. "When you play Baltimore, you're playing another great pro in Unitas. ''Baltimore, like San Francisco, is a passing team with great receivers. They'll give us about the sapio challenge as did the 4flers." Thomas, a 220-pound rookie from West Texas State, scored the touchdown that broke a 3-3 tie in partisan Kezar and Garrison scored the one that made the final difference on a fiveyard pass ' o m quarterback Craig Morton. First-half scoring came on a Ifi-yard field goal by Bruce Gossett of the 49ers and a 21-yardcr by Dallas' Mike Clark. There victory previous Cowbovs were and six had keys to keys to games won in the the the succession after being only o-l after that one-sided loss to St. Louis. "Lee Hoy Jordan's interception was Iho real key play," Landry declared in a steaming, jam-packed dressing room. "But the key to the game was our ability to run the football." A later kay was a pass interference penalty. On Jordan's interception, Brodie had been dropped at his 14 for a seven-yard loss by Dave Kdwards. He threw next, a low one that Jordan caught at his shoe!ops at the 17 and returned to the 13. setting up Thomas' run for the game's first touchdown with four minutes gone in the second half. "1 was trying to throw it into the ground." Brodie admitted. "The guy made a great play." Thomas, who gained 143 yards rushing during the game, credited his offensive line for the Dallas touchdown on the ensuing play. "I misread the blocks and started to go outside before I realized I was supposed to go inside tackle and when I corrected, the hole was still there." Thomas declared "That shows just how great our line really is." Garrison scored on the first, play after the -Iflers' Mel Phillips was charged with interference at the five on a pass intended for Rob Hayes — a 24-yard penalty on a pass which obviously was far over the intended receiver. Landry brings Dallas back from the dead SAN FRANCISCO (DPI) The smile on Tom Landrv's face said it all. The coach of the Dallas Cowbovs. frustrated in four previous attempts at winning a championship, didn't have to say a word Sunday. in a chilling Pacific Ocean breeze at Kezai Stadium the Cowboys earned the right to represent their conference in the Super Bowl b\ downing the San Francisco Forty Niners, 17-10. "You can't imagine how we feel." Landry told a packed Dallas dressing n.om. "You just can't imagine how much we've suffered the last four years." Landry, like most coaches, declined to tip his hand on preparations for the Super Bowl encounter. "We've played them before and we look forward to playing them again," he said. Then, almost as an • afterthought, added: "It nhouid be a fine game." As he did in the Cowboys' last five games — critical ones they had to win to capture the NFC's Eastern Division title — Landry shuttled in his own play selections. "It was obvious from the outset what he had in mind. And that was to run against the Forty Niners' right side, or in simpler terms, the more inexperienced side. "We ran left because we wanted to stay away front the Forty Niners' all-pros," Landry said. "We didn't wnnt to test (tackle Charlie) Krueger. (linebacker Dave) W i 1 c o x and (cornerback Jimmy) Johnson too much. We know what they could do." The victory represented a brilliant comeback for the Cowboys. Seemingly out of the title picture with only five games remaining on the schedule, the Cowboys picked themselves up and won their last five games to make it to the NFC championship. "Isn't it great 1 .'" Landry said. "Six weeks ago I thought our chances were a bi-g, fat zero, but we sure came a long way didn't we?" As to the championship game's turning point, Landry singled out linebacker Lee Roy Jordan's third period interception which helped put Dalls ahead 10-3. Jordan himself thought it was a pretty big play and he credited defensive end Larry Cole for making it possible. ''Cole pressured San Francisco quarterback John Brodie and I don't think he saw me," Jordan said. The pass, a short flip over the middle, was pifked off by Jordan only inches off the ground on the Forty Niners' 17 and run back another foul- yards. From there, sensational rookie running back Duane Thomas put six points on the Scoreboard with a cut back run over right tackle. As it turned out. Thomas was the game's top rusher, picking up 143 yards on '11 carries. Despite the fine performance, the West Texas State product faulted himself for making several mistakes. Rut he really wasn't hard on himself. "It wasn't easy to run against them (the Forty Niners)", Thomas said. "But then it shows how good our line is. The guys up front made it all happen." The Forty Niners' lone touchdown — the first given up by the stout Dallas defense in 24 quarters — came on a zone breakdown. "We got caught in a rotation," said Landry of Brodie's TD pass to wide receiver Dick Witcher. But by then, the Cowboys were up by two touchdowns and it was a matter of the defense tightening up. Happy Cowboys These three big Dallas Cowboys played a prominent part in winning the NFL title 17- 10 over the San Francisco 4!)crs. Posing happily for Hie cameras arc L-K: John Niland (l(i), Ralph Neely (TO) and Bob Lilly (74). (AP Wirephoto) Big Ten quintets begin league season Coming through Oakland running back Hewritt heads for a hole in the Baltimore line during first quarter of Sunday's American Conference championship game in Baltimore. Defending for the Colts are Hoy Hilton (85) and Fred Miller (7(5). Oakland's Art Shell is in background. (AP Wirephoto) Colts show people they are for real CHICAGO (AP) - Rig Ten basketball teams, having given a respectable account of themselves in intersectional competition, open the conference campaign Saturday in what should be a wide open race. Conference teams posted a 60-36 record through games of last Saturday and with no outstanding favorite, almost any team can contend for the championship with a little bit of luck. Four games are remaining o n the agenda with Australia's touring Nationals providing the competition in three of the games at Wisconsin Monday night, at Northwestern Tuesday night and at Michigan Wednesday night. The only other game scheduled before the race begins finds Niagara at Minnesota Tuesday night. Every team in the league with the exception of North- western, posted a winning preconference record led by Indiana's 8-2 mark followed by Illinois at 7-2. Purdue, after a slow start, goes into the Big Ten race with a 7-3 record. Wisconsin was 5-3 while Minnesota, Michigan State, Michigan and Ohio State stand at 6-4. Iowa has a 5-4 mark and Northwestern is 4-6. As predicted, sophomores contributed heavily to the success of Big Ten teams and will figure prominently when the conference race begins. George McGinnis has been a super player for Indiana as has Jim Brewer for Minnesota. Nick Weatherspoon has been a big help to Illinois. Henry Wilmore has shown flashes of promise for Michigan as has Bill Kilgore for Michigan Stale. Iowa edged Wyoming N7-84 Saturday as Sam Williams converted on three-point play for the victory and Allan Ilornyak with 32 points and Luke Wittc with 26 boosted Ohio State to a 95-75 triumph over Yale Saturday. This week's opening round Saturday finds Michigan Slate at Illinois, Ohio State at Iowa, Purdue at Minnesota, Indiana at Northwestern and Michigan at Wisconsin in a televised matinee. regionally Pro Football Al r C Championship 17 Baltimore 27, Oakland NFC Championship Dallas 17, San Francisco 10 Super Bowl Baltimore vs. Dallas at Miami, Fla., Sunday, Jan. 17 UTTER Bros. Cottage Hills PLUMBINGl SUPPLIES Colts have chance to redeem Jet loss BALTIMORE (UPI) - The Baltimore Colts, who breezed through the National Football League two years ago only to gel their comeuppance from the New York Jets in the Super Bowl, are now a different team with new faces, a new attitude and a new league. The old NFL powerhouse still has Johnny Unilas masterminding the explosive offense, and Mike Curtis and Bubba Smoth taking care of the defense. But there are a number of new heroes who helped Baltimroe to its title In the team's first year in the AFC. Most apparently different, however, is the attitude of the veterans who are anxious to go all the way. Curtis admitted after Sunday's 27-17 victory over the Oakland Haiders, "maybe we learned something in 'C8." "I never really though we'd be here," contiuued the soft- spoken linebacker known on the field as "Mad Dog" Curtis We stunk all year and never really smashed anybody really well. ''We're peaking now; cresting toward the 17th," he said. Veteran center Bill Curry and tackle Bob Vogel said the team's attitude Is better this year because, said Curry, "it was a lot harder to get here this year. We went 11-2-1 and everybody in the country thought we were a bad ball club." "Very few people stuck with us after the Kansas City game," recalled Vogel, who said his play in that early season 44-24 loss was responsible for the defeat. "In 1968," he said, "we were on a downward trend going into the Super Bowl. This year we're improving." Defensive end Hoy Hilton, who dumped Oakland's George Blanda three times Sunday, said the title game wasn't his best of the season. "I'm saving my best for the 17th and then I'll let it all hang out." Two of the newer faces, who couldn't compare this year to anything that went before, credited Unitas with instilling confidence in them. Second year receiver Ed llinton called Unitas "a great asset." "He's a man who knows the defense, he knows what the game's all about and he knows you. You get a lot of confidence when you play with a guy who almost invented the game. llinton, who outplayed veteran Haider cornerback Willie Brown Sunday, revealed after the game he has been waiting to play against Brown all year, despite the corncrback's prowess at buinping-and- runiiing the opposing receiver off the field. "I want lo be the best receiver in the game and lo do that I've got to play against the best cor- nerbacks," said Hiiiton. Skorich iwxl Browns coach CLEVELAND Nick Skorich is going to be the coach of the B r o wns and (DPI) apparently next head Cleveland that announcement is expected this week. Skorich, an assistant to Blanton Collier for six years, \s believed to have had the jnside track all along. Browns owner Art Modell said last month he would name Collier's successor sometime after the first of the year. Collier retired but is expected to remain in the Browns organization. BALTIMORE (AP) - The Baltimore Colt, doubted by their followers and outcast in the American Football Conference, are on their way to the Super Bowl. Forcing the breaks which Coach Don McCafferty said would make the difference, the Colts polished off the Oakland Raiders 27-17 to win the AFC title Sunday and debunk charges ihey had yet to prove themsevlas. Now it's on lo Miami for a Jan. 17 Super Bowl dale against the Dallas Cowboys, who defeated the San Francisco 49ers 17-10 for the National Conference championship, and a shot at nil- other $15,000 prize. The Colts will collect a minimum $8,500 for whipping the favored Haiders, but there was more money at stake. "Maybe this will wipe out our game against Kansas City which millions of people saw on television," said Dick Bielski, coach of Baltimore's receivers. Even Baltimore fans were willing to write off the Colts after they were manhandled 44-24 by the Chiefs in the second game of I he season. Nothing the Colts did later changed the early season opinions. Even when they won the Eastern Division with an 11-2-1 record, the Colts were accused of having faced patsy opposition. In addition, as one of three former National Football League teams switched to the A F C with 10 onetime American League teams, the Colts were considered outsiders. But the Haiders were tla- last of the old AFL teams left, and the Super Bowl will match two longtime NFL rivals. A (iH-yard touchdown pass from 87-year-old John Unitas to Hay Perkins, after Oakland had pulled to within 20-17 early in the fourth quarter, sent the Haiders down to defeat. Perkins, bothered by a broken toe and suffering from a fever which limited his practice during the week to 20 minutes, broke free as the Colts used four wide receivers in a play pattern tried for the first time this year. George Blanda, Oakland's 48-year-old wonder whose last- minute heroics during the regular season brought the Haiders to the title game, rallied them again after starting quarterback Daryle Lamonica was hurt in the second period. Bui the Colts moved ahead to stay on rookie Jim O'Brien's second field goal, and then made it 20-10 when rookie Norm Bulaich scored his second touchdown. Baltimore's rugged defense, which blanked the Cincinnati Bengals 17-0 in the playoff opener, dumped Oakland quarterbacks five times for 48 yards in losses and picked off three intercept ions. In addition, Sam Ilavrilak of the Baltimore special team recovered a fumbled punt by George Atkinson to set up a second period TD which put the Colts ahead 10-0. "This was our besl performance of the year," Mc- Cafferly said. "Bui I don'l think we've reached our peak since making adjustments after we suffered some injuries. Our best football is still ahead of us." Bulaich, Baltimore's No. I draft pick who blossomed late after overcoming injuries and an early tendency to fumble, gained 71 yards on 22 carries. Unitas completed just 11 of lit) passes for 245 yards, but lost only eight yards behind the line and wasn't intercepted. Dallas, meanwhile, reached the Super Bowl for the first time after making league Blues win twice in Vancouver, LA LOS ANCELES (AP) — St. Louis scored three goals in the first 18 minutes and coasted to an easy 7-3 National Hockey Leguo victory over Los Angeles Sunday night to remain unbeaten in its lust six games. Frank St. Marseille and Christian Bordelcau paced the Blues attack with a goal and two asists apiece. Seven different players figured in the balanced attack against Kings goalie Jack Norris. Jim Lorent/, (Jeorge Morrison, and (iary Sabourin fired St. Louis goals in the first period while the Kings got on SAHIHUAY MOKI IIV I'l UIODS sr. MUMS :> i o—;i . VANC'OUVhK 1 (I IV—1 MUST ri-:uioi)—i si i.ouis. llordclcuu K (Mull, l'!r;iiil) !):0:i; '2. VaiH'tiuvrr. Hmnlrla 1 . I'*" (I'opoll, I'nlcmriil) ll::)!i; :t SI. l.mils, l-:iTi'lsli)ne Hi d.oieiiU, UtMt'iisun) l(i:U. I'fiuillli's—Hill 1'liiKCi- 2:3li. Tiiyloi ti:lll. Arbour 11:4!), Oulnn H:fil. Ki-i'elslcmc IH:l(i. Miiki Is 1C SI VONl) I'l'iUIOlJ—I. -St. l.nins, Mnni&on !> (SiiliourlM. Kohorts) I'l 117. lYMUiltics—SI. Louis Hunch uiTvt'd bv Sclbv) 8:0!). Uuinn i:i::tv. IIIIKI) I'liUIOl) — No scoring. IVnullk's — Hob I'lujjor (major, 10 -minute misconduct) L'!:;iu. si. I.mil-, lirncli (served by Selby) 12:30. Paiciiu'iil (inajoi. misconduct i U'.atl. SHOTS UN i;o-u. si. louis n iti n—:« VANCOUVER HI :< u—21 (il)Al. I hNUHKS: SI l.ouia, iKill. Vancouver, llodvie. A—15,(ii>9. the board on Julia Widing's IS-fooler. The Kings closed the gap to 8-2 on Lucien (Jrenier's power play goal at 9:51 of the second period but that was the last time it was close St. Marseille tapped in defensenian Barclay 1'lager's 50-foot slap shot which hit the lop cross bar and bounced' in front of the net. El. Louis finished off the Kings in the final period with goals by lied Herenson — which came with the Blues enjoying a one man advantage -- (.'raig Camron and Bonlelcau. -SUNDAY si. I.ouis ;i I :»—7 i.os ANciin.i-s i i —;i I list 1'iMUxl—I. Si. Louts, Lor- cut/. II (St. Marseille, Snbuurln) :'.:'M\. '2. SI. Louis, Morrison 10 (I'Yclustonu, Derenson) B:30. 3. Los Angeles, Willing !l (Mickey, Mnrolte) 11:17. •!. St. Louis. Sa- liourln 10 (St. Marseille) 12:!>4. IVnallk's — I'uiiieroii Hi: 17, Uur- clay I'lajjer 18:4!) Second Period—!>. Los Angeles, iircnU;r 4 (I'otvln, Widing) !):41 l>. SI. I.ouis, St. Marseille 7 (Han-lay Planer) i:»:. r >8. Penalties—Horde- lean 2m, St. Marseille 8:52, Ma- rolte 12: Hi. Arbour Hi:22. Third Period—7. St. I.ouis, Berenson 15 (Hnrcluy I'lagur. Horde- lean 8:37 8. SI. Louis, Cameron 3 (Hordeleau. McCrenry) 11:22. SI. Los Angeles, l-'lett 9 (Widlns, C'a- ban) 13:52 10. St. I.ouis. Horde- lean !) (Cameron, Koherls) 15.11(1. Penalties—Potvin 6:51, Suborn in 7 :!!(!. llouanson 7:'-Hi. SIlOTS ON (iOAL BY: SI. Louis II HI 1!)—1(1 Los Angeles II 10 SI—31) Cioullenders: SI Louis. Wuke- lev; Los Angeles. Norris. playoffs for the fifth consecutive year. The Colts, who lost to the New York Jets in their only previous Super Bowl appearance, sent the AFC's leading passer to the bench when end Bubba Smith smacked down Lamonica and injured his groin. "This is as big if not bigger than playing in the Super Bowl," defensive tackle Billy Ray Smith said of Sunday's game. "No one thought we could do it." "We didn't rush Blandu as hard as we should," Billy Kay said, "but we were set up more against the run." Blandu completed 17 of 32 passes for 271 yards, including a 38-yarder to Fred Biletnikoff in the third period which tied it 10-10 and a 15- yarder to Warren Wells lo pull Oakland to within 20-17. Both scoring drives went 80 yards. . Despite Oakland's TDs on passing, executive owner Al Davis left his press box scat to scream at the assistant coaches spotting nearby after the 1< aiders passed unsuccessfully following a series of first, downs on the ground. 0 a k 1 and Coach John Madden, who said he had "never seen Unitas play better," defended his own team's play selection as nothing unusual. GENERAL TIRE BUDGET PRICED ^WINTER TRACTION! General Kraft Winter Retread FRONT-END ALIGNMENT 1S|? wm i> Phone 402-1)284 We'll eliocli .your alignment, correct camber, ouster ami toe-in. • We have Walker's Mufflers and Tailpipes • Goodyear Shock Absorbers Sold and Installed WELLS TIRE CO. 88S 10. Hrimthviiy, Alton ANY SIZE LISTED 6.50-13 7.00-13 7.75-14 6.95-14 7.35-14 7.50-14 BUckwall. 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